First impressions of the new Apple TV

Josh Sherman
5 min read
Personal Apple

I’ve been a fan of the Apple TV for quite a while now. I was a bit late to the game as I only picked up a third generation unit in 2013. The unit that I am replacing today has consistently beat out the “smart” functionality of my Samsung television.

TL;DR - The new Apple TV is very close to being the only device I have connectd to my television.

I had pre-ordered the new Apple TV thinking that it would arrive on my doorstep on launch day the way my past pre-order purchases from Apple did. That wasn’t the case as it showed up this afternoon, wrapped up in a plastic bag and tossed onto the inside of my back gate. Thanks FedEx.

The initial unboxing was pretty uneventful. It was a nice presentation but it certainly didn’t wow me. The unit itself was covered in layers of plastic stickers, I vaguely remember my last unit being the same way. Seems like a waste of packaging, but I’m sure they have a good reason for it.

Not being overly excited about the new unit, and it was simply replacing the last generation’s model, I waited a bit before hooking it up. Just a bit ago I unhooked my old unit, dusted a bit and hooked up the new unit.

Setup was a breeze with the exception of not being able to get the MAC address of the new unit to punch into my router during the setup wizard. Easy enough, disabled MAC filtering and proceeded. I did the setup via my iPad mini which knocked out a handful of the steps automatically.

I’ve since installed and configured some streaming apps, installed and played the obligatory game or two of Crossy Road and proceeded to gloat to my friends that are still waiting on their new Apply TV that I already got mine. Now on to what I am loving and hating about the new Apple TV.

Love

Hate

Indifferent

Conclusion

As a previous Apple TV owner, I’m loving the new device. It’s a significantly improvement over the previous model and I think is the start of something revolutionary with television. Cutting the cord couldn’t be easier.

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